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07 December 2011 @ 06:48 pm
70 Years Later  
Because my friends are literate and aware of history, they will know what I mean when I say that today is a day that will live on in infamy. But I suspect that the average American on the street would probably not remember where the quote comes from, or why December 7th is significant. Here on the 70 year anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, I'm encouraged that most people have at least let the day itself retire into being just another day on the calendar. I wonder if 60 years from now people will look on 9-11 with the same lack of emotional urgency? For the sake of moving forward, I certainly hope so.
Cirdancirdan_havens on December 8th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how many people think of Hawaii as part of the US. *rolls eyes* And we have so little history that I'm sure we'll forget 9/11 even if it becomes a holiday (though that might help). Rather sad in a lot of ways but I guess it's better than the countries that think WWII ended yesterday.
Sandpanthersandpanther on December 8th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Heh. In 1941 Hawaii wasn't even a state.

Being made a holiday won't help people remember. Few people these days remember that 11/11 is Veteran's Day, much less that it was made that in honor of the end of World War I.

WWII still hasn't ended. I hope I live to see the day when it finally does. Though at this point I think it's academic enough that no one really cares. Or, for the most part, remembers. Technicalities.
Max Kaehn: Zonkslothman on December 8th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
The only emotional urgency I get on 9/11 any more is “oh no, the blather level is going to go through the roof today, do not watch live television”.
Sandpanthersandpanther on December 8th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
There still seems to be an awful lot of the "THEY did this to us" mentality surrounding 9/11 that I look forward to it dissipating as time goes on. (Though based on some insensitive remarks some people still have the same attitude toward Pearl Harbor. Bit late to the party, folks. Seriously.)